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Binding and neutralizing antibodies correlated with COVID-19 risk and vaccine efficacy
Release time: 2021-08-13 Source: ACROBiosystems Read: 4017

It is common sense that COVID-19 vaccines protect the human body against SARS-CoV-2 infection by inducing immune response. Theoretically, the stronger the immune response, the better a person is protected. However, the specific “immune correlate” of vaccine protection has never been confirmed owning to the lack of scientific verification. This hypothesis is lately proven true by an analysis of the Coronavirus Efficacy (COVE) trial (NCT04470427) of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine mRNA-1273, which is jointly undertaken by researchers at Moderna, NIH VRC and Fred Hutchinson Institute, and published on medRxiv.

This study provides the strongest evidence to date that high levels of vaccine-elicited binding and neutralizing antibodies translate to low risk of COVID-19 infection and high level of vaccine protection over time. The team finds that 1) 57 days after the first dose of mRNA-1273 (=4 weeks after the second dose), the vaccine-induced RBD and S-specific IgG, as well as the serum neutralization titer in human, are inversely correlated with the occurrence of COVID-19 cases. 2) Importantly, vaccine recipients with higher Day 57 cID50 (50% inhibitory dilution pseudovirus neutralizing antibody titers) have lower risk of infection in the next 100 days. For individuals with cID50 titer level that is undetectable, 100, or 1000, the cumulative incidence of COVID-19 was 0.03, 0.0056, and 0.0023, respectively; the corresponding vaccine efficacy was 50.8% (may be contributed by T cells response), 90.7% and 96.1%. In conclusion, these findings provide scientific support for measuring neutralizing antibody titer as the marker of vaccine protection.

22.jpgFig 1. Cumulative incidence of COVID-19 by 100 days post Day 57 by Day 57 cID50 level.

As demonstrated by this study, viral pseudotypes provide reliable estimations of the neutralizing activity of serological samples. Alternatively, a protein-based competitive ELISA assay can be utilized, which is easier to manipulate and more feasible for scale-up in routine vaccine production and quality control.

ACROBiosystems has developed a CE-certified Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Neutralizing Antibody Titer Serologic Assay Kit (Cat.No.TAS-K022) to help with the measurement of neutralizing antibody in human serum. This kit is a highly-sensitive surrogate virus neutralization test that yields accurate and reproducible results within two hours per test, and allows highly efficient evaluation of 90+ samples simultaneously.

In addition, we also provide indirect ELISA kits with CE verification, which are designed for the identification and calibration of RBD or spike-specific IgG titer in vaccinee serum (Cat. No. TAS-K024, TAS-K025). These products are characterized by high sensitivity and high through-put, which are ideal for vaccine efficacy evaluation.

 Product list

Cat.No.sampleProduct descriptionPreorder/Order
TAS-K022Human SerumAnti-SARS-CoV-2 Neutralizing Antibody Titer Serologic Assay Kit


TAS-K024Human SerumAnti-SARS-CoV-2 Antibody IgG Titer Serologic Assay Kit (Spike RBD)


TAS-K025Human SerumAnti-SARS-CoV-2 Antibody IgG Titer Serologic Assay Kit (Spike Trimer)


Assay data


High correlation between TAS-K022 and FDA EUA approved ELISA Kit (detection of neutralizing antibody in post-vaccination serum samples)


  • Peter B. Gilbert, David C. Montefiori, Adrian McDermott, et al. Immune Correlates Analysis of the mRNA-1273 COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Trial. medRxiv 2021.08.09.21261290; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.08.09.21261290

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